Rev. Matt Wallis
Senior Pastor - HCLM
Matt was raised in Chicago where he met his wife Lana and they were married in 1999. They have one daughter, Kenna, that graduated high school in 2022. Matt is a die hard St. Louis Cardinals fan, loves mixed martial arts and sailing. He graduated from Concordia seminary in St. Louis in 2000. Matt is also on the board for the Hopper Academy in downtown Sanford.
Rev. Chris Johnson
Family Life Pastor - HCLM
Chris is originally from Iowa. He and his wife Jennifer have two children, Kylie and Carter. Kylie graduated high school in 2022 and Carter will be graduating from HCLA in 2026. Chris was ordained in 2014 through the SMP program at Concordia St. Louis. He loves sports and fishing. Chris started Cancerbank.org to help local families dealing with cancer bills.
Contemporary Worship Leader
Kyle married Amber in 2009 and has 3 children; Emma, Chloe & August. He loves playing guitar as well as good movies and good food.
Contemporary Worship Leader
Sarah was born and raised in Central FL. She married her husband, Chris, in 2014 and they have two daughters. Sarah studied vocal performance specializing in classical opera. She also was the Pastry Chef for Emeril’s two Orlando restaurants. She enjoys cooking/baking for her family and spending time with family and friends.
Traditional Worship Leader
Charles Patterson originally is from Texas, where he earned degrees in classical piano and organ, as well as in education. He and his wife Yvonne are longtime members of Holy Cross, where Yvonne also plays piano and assists on the worship team. Besides working on numerous facets of worship here at Holy Cross, Charles teaches beginning reading to Kindergarten students. He has a deep love for literature, as well as all types of music. He also enjoys a study of fossils and minerals. He and Yvonne have 3 sons, Tim, Chip, and Jamie.
Chris is married to Sarah and they have two beautiful girls. Chris also plays with the Worship team on various Sundays.
Blake is originally from Minnesota and met his wife Emily at college. They were married in 2018. Blake loves hockey and a good cup of coffee.
Kid's Church Director
Emily is originally from Michigan and met her husband Blake at college. She loves kids and animals. They have 3 dogs and love being back in Florida. She also teaches Bible at Holy Cross Lutheran Academy in Sanford.
Alaina graduated from high school in 2022 and is planning on going to school to be a teacher. She loves kids and it shows!
Kenna graduated in May 2022. She loves to sing and write songs. Kenna is also part of the worship team.
Chief Operating Officer - CFLCN
Dennis brings his vast talents to bear to empower ministry by overseeing operation for Central Florida Cross Network. He oversees finances, HR, Facilities, IT, Risk Management or as he says “everything but the preaching and teaching”. Dennis and his wife Jeanine enjoy travel and catching concerts along the way when possible.
Communications Director/Office Manager
Hannah has been part of Holy Cross since birth. Hannah graduated from UCF with her degree in communications. She enjoys music (piano and guitar) and art. She is an avid traveler. Hannah can assist you with getting your prayers and events into the weekly as well as helping out with Lake Mary Venue, our facilility rental program.
Facilities Manager - HCLM/HCLA
Rich works hard at both the churh and the school (Holy Cross Lutheran Academy). He also plays in many local bands around the area and rides motorcycles.
Properties Facilitator - HCLM
TJ was born and raised in Lake Mary, where he attended Seminole state’s automotive program. Has been a member of Holy Cross church since 1993 and joined the HCLM staff in 2018. He is a hard working and dedicated person who is an avid sports fan and believes family is the most important thing.
CFLCN Accounting Manager
Christian is a UCF grad who majored in Accounting. He loves coffee and rock climbing. He served with Young Life for many years before coming to Holy Cross.
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